Like next-door neighbours, pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and often sit on the porch making spooky faces at passersby. Meet these expressive squash with today's Groupon to Applebarn Pumpkin Farm on Gladwin Road. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get two weekday children's fun passes and two half-litre apple ciders (a $17 value).
- For $10, you get two weekend children's fun passes and two half-litre apple ciders (a $21 value).
Family-maintained for more than two decades, Applebarn Pumpkin Farm delivers a host of memorable farm activities to mark the approach of autumn, including apple picking, kids' playgrounds and activities, and hayrides. A children's fun pass allows youngsters ages 3–16 to expend youthful energy by bouncing on a large multi-coloured jumping pillow or zipping down slides. Visitors can also mingle with authentic farm creatures such as the docile goats of Applebarn's petting barn, the twitchy-nosed rabbit inhabitants of bunny town, and and a pack of poetry-reading piglets. After conquering the unexpected twists and turns of a corn maze, weekend guests may be able to hop onto a scenic hayride from which riders can admire the handsome highlights of Applebarn's grounds as things gear up for fall harvest, including the picturesque apple orchard and pumpkin patch, the barn-shaped country store, and the trees shedding their summer 'dos. Pony rides, not included in the Groupon, are available for $5.
Pleasure trips through the farm attractions are fuelled by Applebarn's cider mill, which churns out fresh-pressed, sugar-free cider made from an apple blend that is crafted using an ultra-violet, no-heat cleaning process. The cider, along with apple preserves, whole apples, and other gifts, is available at the country store. On weekends, visitors can glimpse the art of cider-making through a special theatre window that reveals some of the production techniques and apple laying geese.
Taves Family Farms Applebarn
Three generations after John Taves bought his first plot of land in the 1930s, grandson Loren Taves and his wife Corinne still keep the family farm running. At Taves Family Farms Applebarn, guests can navigate the expanded Corn Quest Maze, greet lovable critters at the petting barn, or tour the grounds on a hayride. A zipline lets thrill-seekers soar above the farm, and down below, edible ammo flies at non-ziplining targets from the corn gun and pumpkin cannon.